Utah Business Breaks the Mold in Thin-Wall Thermoforming and Custom Plastic Packaging
With the addition of a Class 10,000 clean room in 2013, Utah-based Premier Plastics marked yet another turning point in its history of innovation.
“To stay competitive, companies must continually break new ground and reinvent themselves,” says Premier Plastics founder and President Jim Holbrook. “Adding to our capabilities in this strictly regulated segment of our industry was challenging, but necessary to capture a larger share of the medical, dental and nutraceuticals packaging market.”
Reliable Transactions Beyond the Box
In the clothing business, having the right merchandise in stock is critical. If a retailer does not have the right item, the customer will go elsewhere. With that in mind, a certain shoe manufacturer needed to speed up its invoicing system with hundreds of stores nationwide. The company turned to Utah-based Digital Financial Group (DFG), a leading credit card processing company, for a solution.
“We developed a real-time invoicing system where retailers could pay the manufacturer by credit card online,” says President Cory Gray. “There is no more waiting for a check to clear. Now, retailers can get shoes delivered in two days instead of 10.” …Read More
Finding and Responding to Government Bids: An Often-Overlooked Business Strategy
The timing couldn’t have been better or more daunting when Sabrina Stover joined BidSync, a cloud-based, end-to-end procurement and bid notification service. The year was 2008, and a global financial crisis had all but paralyzed commerce and industry. Simultaneously, significant shortfalls in revenues were forcing local and state governments to provide services to more people while using fewer resources.
With an impressive suite of highly effective “software as a service” (SaaS), e-procurement and bid notification solutions, BidSync was well positioned to help government and military purchasers identify and negotiate with vendors and to provide businesses with an even playing field where they could compete for public-sector contracts. The company seized the opportunity, adding a wider range of solutions and recruiting hand-picked talent from across the country. …Read More
Unleashing the Potential of Online Retailers Large and Small
Entrepreneurial success begins with restless creative energy and the seed of an idea. Once that seed has germinated, branched out and begun bearing fruit in the marketplace, it needs lots of TLC—i.e., concrete goals, well-defined plans and disciplined execution.
Molding Box, Salt Lake City’s award-winning provider of warehouse, order fulfillment and direct-to-consumer shipping services, grew from tender shoot to towering tree at breathtaking speed. In 2005, founder Jordan Guernsey began serving a handful of Internet retailers from his parents’ basement; five years later, Molding Box debuted at #71 on the Inc. 500 list after growing an astounding 3,384 percent over a three-year period. Today, still young but firmly rooted, Molding Box is turning to tried-and-true business principles to both fuel and facilitate its ongoing expansion. …Read More
A Simple, Affordable, Web-Based Timekeeping Solution
For the third consecutive year, Utah ranks first in the nation on Forbes’ list of the Best States for Business and Careers. Contributing factors for this recognition include Utah’s thriving tech market and a highly talented workforce.
Among Utah’s business leaders is SwipeClock, a technology company and developer of “Simple, Affordable Timekeeping Solutions” for the payroll and human capital management industry. Since 2000, SwipeClock has been best known for its user-friendly, Web-based timekeeping solution used by industries and employers across North America through a network of resellers in the payroll industry. …Read More
Firm Raises the Bar for Full-Service Marketing Agencies
Outdoor enthusiasts, drawn to Utah’s diverse and breathtaking landscape, have flocked to make their home in the “Beehive State” for years. Recently recognized as one of the best states for business, Utah has also attracted an array of skilled technologists, marketers and sales professionals who have come not only to build their career.
Solving Healthcare’s Problems Through Technology
It is estimated that the U.S. spends more than $2.5 trillion on healthcare. A big number but no longer a surprising one. What is surprising is that $765 billion is completely avoidable if organizations could easily identify, manage and mitigate risk; increase fraud, waste and abuse prevention; and if they could address inefficiencies in scheduling, testing, claims coding and billing. Enter Verisk Health.
Increasingly, employers, healthcare providers and payers are turning to Utah-based Verisk Health for solutions. One of the fastest-growing companies in its field, Verisk Health combines data analytics with clinical healthcare expertise to help clients manage risk, improve healthcare quality, reduce healthcare costs and deliver better healthcare. …Read More
Relationships Create Better Businesses for Buyers of Extruded Aluminum
Futura Industries President and CEO Susan Johnson is shaping more than metal. She’s forming strategic business relationships with buyers of extruded aluminum. “We supply our customers with metal parts and components used to build thousands of everyday products; if what we provide helps them build a better business, we’ve done our job,” says Johnson, who has led the 67-year-old Utah-based company since 1995.
It’s always about the metal…
With a return rate of less than ¹⁄₃ of 1 percent (one of the lowest in the industry), Johnson and her staff take their metal seriously. Futura is among a small fraction of extrusion companies whose quality assurance programs incorporate a high-end visual scanning inspection system, ensuring extrusions meet exacting measurements required for commercial, electrical, OEM, marine and transportation markets in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. It also took the unusual step of investing in coated die inserts. At a cost of 10 times that of typical technology, coated inserts produce consistently reliable extrusions. Dimensions never change, even down to thousandths of an inch. The surface quality is perfect every time. …Read More
Signature Southwest Properties Brokers Thrive Despite Decline in Housing Market
As the U.S. housing crash deepened in 2008, few would have encouraged Realtor® Sherry Fowler to open a real estate company. Rather than panicking in the face of a dismal economic environment, the 19-year veteran of the field found innovative ways to adapt to changing market conditions. She founded Signature Southwest Properties.
In January 2009, Fowler was joined by Dianna Torres Archibeque, a contract business consultant. Archibeque’s expertise in running an efficient virtual office is a perfect complement to Fowler’s firsthand knowledge of brokers’ needs. Together they pioneered a groundbreaking concept that combines the cost efficiencies of a virtual office with the hands-on connection of a traditional brick-and-mortar company. …Read More
Real Success in a “Fantasy” Market
Spend a few minutes talking with Zee Hakimoglu, and you’ll find it hard not to be won over by her passion, determination and exceptional market savvy.
Hakimoglu, president, CEO and chairman of ClearOne, says the videoconferencing industry is on the cusp of a paradigm shift – from hardware- to software-based – and ClearOne is poised to capitalize on it in a big way. She adds that software-based videoconferencing beats hardware-based hands down, in terms of both cost and flexibility.
“This is a fantasy market,” Hakimoglu says. “It’s almost too good to be true. This evolving market offers us vast size, innovation and opportunity.” …Read More